OFSAA 2019 RECAP

Steeple chase OFSAA

What a weekend! Toronto West Athletes competed well each and every session at OFSAA.

It started Thursday with the steeplechase heats. Ben and Daniel each qualified for the final, with Ben lowering Daniel’s club record along the way.

Next up, the 1500m heats saw Sofia in Novice, Sophia in junior, and Ivan in Senior all advance to the final. Ivan was in a particularly loaded heat and had to run perfectly to advance, which he did with a new personal best of 4:01. Grace and Jose also competed well in their heats, but did not advance.

On Friday, the steeplechase final saw Ben and Daniel smash their best times, finishing 5th and 6th.

In the Jr girls 1500 final Sophia Lucki smashed her own club record and the 4:40 barrier, running 4:36 for 3rd place.

(Last week I mentioned how strong the Metro and South Regions are. In this Jr Girls 1500, Toronto girls went 2,3,4,5!)

But Saturday was the best of all. Lauren Jacobs started us off with a great run in the Sr 800 to qualify for the final. Justin Jelaca also ran a new personal best in the Jr boys 800 to make the final. Then Kayla Sanderson Kirby shocked the field with a huge personal best to qualify for the Novice final.

Kayla then followed that up in the final with a great 3rd place finish and the bronze medal.

Daniel and Ben and Jose were up next in the senior boys 3k final, all 3 boys running new personal bests and competing very well in the one of the toughest events at OFSAA.

And we saved the best for last! Sofia Bowe and Grace Cousineau ran out of their minds in the Novice girls 3000m, with Sofia earning the bronze medal in the spectacular time of 10:26 and Grace also running a great time in placing 6th.

So we competed from 400m to 3000m, with athletes in all 3 age categories performing well. The only thing missing was a senior medal, and that will be a target for next year.

Congratulations to all athletes, but we still have lots of races left this year. Continue reading OFSAA 2019 RECAP

Jordan 5K race

Toronto West Athletics Running Club

The high school distance crew hit the roads this morning at the Jordan 5k at Subaru Running Series http://niagararunningseries.com/
Congratulations to all who raced!
Shoutout to Julia, 2nd female with club record 18:41! Olivia and Laura 6th and 7th females and 1st and 3rd in age group! Cathryn 15th female!
Ben 4th overall in 16:10, Justin, Mark, Evan, Alexander, Daniel, Julian, Jack 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 21st, and 31st overall! Coach Jill snuck on the podium for 2nd in her age group!

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Update. Spire Showcase and AO championship

Toronto Running Club indoor meet

Toronto West flexed its muscles around the US and at York U this weekend.

First of all, I will deal with the University athletes. Best run of the weekend was Alex Lucki with a great 3k and new club record of 9:28 at Iowa State. Mikaela Lucki followed up with a big PR in the mile with a 4:50 mile (4:30 1500) Finally, Peter M had a big PR in Boston running 8:38 for his 3k. Great double for Jake Carroll, who had a great weekend at the university meet at Spire- 2:28 1k PR! and 4:14 mile.

At York, a large group of athletes competed at AOs on both Saturday and Sunday with all running personnel or seasonal best times. Great runs by Ivan (4:05) and Hamza another PR in 3k in 9:09.

A small group travelled to Geneva Ohio for the Spire Scholastic Showcase. Highlight of the trip was Sophia Lucki in the 1600 (the US high school distance) running 5:03. She passed 1500 in 4:43- a new PR.

Isabel Raymond ran a perfect race to keep moving up in her section and finished in 5:14, passing 1500 in 4:54-another new personal record.

We had a great experience in Ohio and are determined to go back next year and win the girls’ 4×800!

2018 TWA Club Results

Toronto Running club

This year marks the start of the 4th year of Toronto West Athletics! Our club continues to grow and is well recognized at the provincial and national level thanks to the efforts and abilities of our athletes and coaches. 

The accomplishments of our athletes are too numerous to list. They have achieved personal bests, set club records, medaled at OFSAA, and have taken home hardware from provincial, national, and international events. Athletes have made provincial and national teams in track and cross country. The athletes’ achievements have been well documented on our Instagram page, which has over 900 followers, we hope you follow us @TorontoWestAthletics. Thank you to Jill Cameron who is the person responsible for over 98% of our 1426 posts on Instagram and who is also our club president, high-school coach, and club photographer.

We are pleased to announce that the World Master Cross Country Championships in 2020 will be held in Toronto and that our University/Seniors coach Gary Westgate is the Meet Director. It is part of the World Masters 2020 which also involves all track and field events. It is over 2 weeks long and will involve several thousand athletes from all over the world. The official venues are York, Centennial, and U of T. Toronto West Athletics will be providing support for the 2019 pre-championship meet as well as the championships in 2020.

This summer our MTA coaches (Jim Graham and Warren Ringler) provided our “retired” athletes, Paul Robinson and Nick Carbone, the opportunity to get their coaching feet wet by helping out with the MTA group. If any of our alumni are interested in coaching opportunities please keep in touch!

Each year our high school athletes are recruited by universities in Canada and the United States and this year was no different.  Madeline Smart-Reed went to Queens, Keithan Sivapragasam went to Western and Peter Minbashian to McMaster. They will join the list of university athletes who also compete as Toronto West Athletics members for Athletics Ontario and Athletics Canada events. (Miles, Asad, Jake, Ben, Ehab, Mathieu, Mikaela, Alexandra, Joshua, Marc, Carter, Connor, Andres, and Triphon).

Toronto Running club

Toronto Running club banquet We held our annual club banquet in January 2019 to celebrate 2018 and recognize our athletes. We were pleased to have Alex Cyr (Runners of the Nish) as our guest speaker. Below is a list of our 2018 club award winners: Pictures available on Facebook and have also been posted on Instagram.

MTA Male MVP: Sam Hodgson

MTA Female MVP: Anna Noble, 

Bantam Male MVP: Kinnon Ringler

Bantam Female MVP: Caitlin Graham

Midget Male MVP: Roman Mironov 

Midget Female MVP: Sophia Lucki

Youth Male MVP: Ben Miske

Youth Female MVP: Lauren Jacobs

Junior Male MVP: Peter Minbashian

Junior Female MVP: Mikaela Lucki

Senior Male MVP: Ehab El-Sandali

Senior Female MVP: Alex Lucki

Track MVP: Clare Teron

Cross-Country MVP: Kayla Sanderson-Kirby

Most Improved Athlete: Hamza Shariff

Team of the Year: Athletics Ontario Cross Country Championships, Bantam Girls, First Place Team

Grace Daly, Hayley Fraser, Caitlin Graham, Sophie Lau, Vanessa Pryor, Jocelyn Ringler, Clare Teron

Wishing you all the best for 2019!

Toronto West Athletics club executive and coaches 

Jill Cameron, Paula MacLeod, Adrienne Teron, Greg Tramble, Wendy Fraser, Gary Westgate, Michael Housley, Sarah Smart, Marina Mironov, Jim Graham, Warren Ringler, Geoff Cameron

Toronto Running club executive board

OFSAA Cross-Country 2018

Cross-country ontario

Athletes from our club showed fantastic results at OFSAA XC meet representing their school.

Grade 9 girls: Kayla 3rd, Sofia 4th, Grace 14th, Katherine 49th, Sabrina 102nd.

Grade 10 girls: Hannah 33rd, Erin 38th,  Jenaya 104, Kate 106, Amy 243.

Grade 10 boysRoman 3rd, Justin 24th,  Aiden 66th,  Jack 72nd, Alexander 113. REDMOND Team 8th

Senior girls: Julia 27th, Lauren 44th, Isabel 63rd, Laura 68th, Gretchen 121st, Emily 160th.

Senior Boys: Daniel R 18th, Ben 21st, Hamza 60th, Ivan 73rd, Stephen 85th, Matthew 88th, Lucas 95th.

TRACK IS BACK!!!

The track season kicked off last weekend with the AO Prep meet and Relay championship at York. Several club members got their season started including the midget boys winning the 4×800 title. Roman Mironov and Sophia Lucki ran strong 2km races for 1st and 3rd against some of the best midget athletes in the province.

This week, Toronto West Athletes competed in multiple venues with great results.

Starting with our senior athletes; Alex Lucki won the Vanderbilt Invitational mile in Tennessee while competing for Maryland. In Ottawa, new member Connor Darlington won the 3k in 8:30.
In London, Josh McGillivray was 2nd in the 1km in 2:31, and Triphon worked on his strength by running the 3k in 8:50.

In Toronto, at U of T, the high school groups competed in the Fred Foot memorial, competing against many university athletes as well as the other clubs.

Highlight of the day was Aiden Webster’s huge 600m midget club record in 1:27.
Peter finally cracked the 9:00 barrier with 8:58 in the 3k.
Sophia Lucki ran a very strong first 1500 in 5:01
New member Ivan Mihelec ran a great 1km in 2:44 and is taking aim at Peter’s record of 2:41.

And we had two nice section wins. Ben Miske held off Andrew Batek as both kicked nicely in the 1500, both running 4:29. In an earlier section, Roman ran a personal best of 4:24!

And finally, Joseph Falzata unleashed a monster kick to pass one of U of T’s famous master runners in the last section of the 1000m to win in 2:49.

A great first two weeks, and we still have lots of athletes preparing for their first races!

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XC National Championship Recap

XC national championship

National Cross country Championship Recap. The Club travelled to Kingston for the national Championship and culmination of the xc season. We were rewarded with some very exciting results, highlighted by the Youth Girls silver medal performance in the club team event! Right from the gun the girls presence was very noticeable as they were led by Maddy, with Julia, Laura, Sophia and Patricia all placed nicely. Julia made a great closing charge to get up right behind Maddy, and Laura held on to finish inside the top 30. Sophia and Patricia also closed nicely and it was clear that we would be on the podium! A sign of the club’s strength was that the other girls on the team, Hanna S, Hanna F and Gretchen all had solid runs.

In the Youth boys race- the deepest race of the day with 220 starters, the boys ran very well and placed 6th, not that far away from the bronze medal. Peter led the way in 24th, followed by Daniel. Both Keithan and Stephen had breakthrough performances and beat several runners who had beaten them at Ofsaa. The younger boys all gained valuable experience for next year as both Ben and Roman closed nicely and will be hungry for next year.

Just our second year as a club at national xc, we followed up Ehab’s championship last year with a podium performance and a top 6 this year.

The coaches are very proud of the efforts and results of the kids and we can’t wait to go back to Kingston one more time next year. The goal will be two teams on the podium!

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AO Cross Country 2017

Athletics Ontario Midget girls race

We had 45 athletes compete in the 2017 AO Cross Country Championships. This was our first year having a Master’s team. Congratulations Nancy, Jill, and Lucy on a great race! In the Bantam Girls race we fielded 9 athletes, 7 of them at the lower level of the age group (grade 7’s and a 6th grader as well) and the team successfully secured a silver medal! The Bantam Boys race was no less spectacular; Mark and Jack ran very strong races against some absolutely lightning fast competitors and finished 12 and 14 respectively. Kinnon, again another under ager, had a strong race! Our Midget girls are fierce competitors and their team secured a silver medal. Sophia, Laura, Julia and Lauren came in 10, 11, 13 and 22 respectively. The Midget boys ran strong and came in 6th as a team! Many of the boys had their best races of the season! Congratulations to Ben on his 4th place finish! The youth boys and girls teams both came in 7th place. Congratulations to Peter on his 8th place finish. Andres had a good run in the Junior race! Congratulations to all of the runners for competitive races in tough conditions. Next up, getting ready for Nationals Nov 25th.

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OFSAA 2017

midget boys OFSAA race

Fantastic club results at OFSAA in Petawawa.
Roman dominated the midget boys race for a well deserved win. It cannot be overstated how hard it is to win ofsaa. Congrats to Roman.
The junior girls were next with extraordinary results from Julia and Laura with 7th and 10th place finishes. Both girls beat girls who were dominant in the GTA all of last year!
Ben placed 4th in Junior boys and looked very comfortable running with the lead pack. Lots more to come from Ben!
In Senior boys, Daniel came through yet again with a great race placing 25th, and beating all 3 TDSB rivals who beat him at the City final.
All the other club members had solid races, but the reality of ofsaa is that you can run very well and still place 70th!
Ofsaa is often referred to as one of the top 3 high school races in North America, and for good reason.
On to AO and Nationals!

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Mid XC Season Update

TWA XC season

We are at the peak of our second cross country season as Toronto West Athletics! XC training started in August with the groups building strength and endurance. Also in August, we ran our second cross country summer camp that had a huge year over year growth thanks to the hard work and marketing savvy of our camp director, Andres Medina. Andres and Peter Minbashian demonstrated leadership, organizing and running an excellent camp which resulted in a number of campers joining our Minor Track Association (MTA) group. Speaking of growing, we now have over 100 registered members (101)! Also, we have started a grassroots Masters program, come join us! We hope to have at least one Master’s team at the Athletics Ontario (AO) Cross Country Championships on November 12th.

Our coaches and athletes have been working hard and have produced excellent results and below are some of the highlights. Over the coming weeks we look forward to watching our athletes compete at OFSAA, AO XC Championships, and Nationals.

Elementary/MTA Update:
In late October, our MTA aged athletes (Grades 8 and under) competed in many city championships and the MTA Provincials. The young athletes raced with confidence and skill. For Coach Jim, it was great to stand by the course and watch people work their way into their races, run strong mid race and finish with ferocious sprints. In talking to athletes Coach Jim asks them where they finished the previous year and from these conversations it allows him one way to measure success. One athlete who shall remain unnamed improved over 100 places and finished in the top ten. Two other athletes who did not compete at all last year ran superb comeback races. Another runner was bowled over by the pack in the first 100 metres, got up in last place and raced back up through the entire pack of 140 athletes to finish 6th. As a club having multiple runners finish in the top ten (Kayla, Sofia B, Caitlin, Clare, Sana, Jack, Kinnon) in the various city races (which are some of the most competitive elementary races in North America) is a testament to the power of TWA within the GTA. Thanks for representing us in such a positive manner.

The MTA XC Provincial Championships were a few days after cities and a small but mighty contingent of TWA athletes travelled to Pickering to race in driving rain and cold temperatures on a very slippery course. Our athletes, many of them some of our newest members, persevered and made us proud!

High School Update
We had 35 athletes compete at their high school regional championship (TDCAA, ROPSSAA, TDSC City XC, CISAA) for a coveted position at OFSAA and 23 athletes are OFSAA bound with many just missing the mark. Don’t miss the pictures on Facebook. Congratulations to the following athletes on their podium finishes (Roman 1st TDCAA Midget, Sophia L 1st TDCAA Midget, Hannah F 2nd TDCAA Midget, Aiden 3rd TDSB Midget, Julia 1st TDSB Junior, Laura P 2nd TDSB Junior, Isabel 3rd TDCAA Junior, Lauren J 1st ROPSSAA Junior, Ben 1st ROPSSAA Junior, Peter M 2nd TDCAA Senior). We look forward to watching our 23 athletes compete tomorrow at OFSAA. Watch here live.

University Athletes
We follow our university athletes with interest and pride. Congratulations to Ehab who was named Rookie of the Year at Iona XC. He came 8th at Regional Championships with a time of 25:40 in the 8K. Jake C continues his comeback with an impressive 3rd place at the Brock XC invite, 23:03. Jake has now been selected to the U of T team to compete at U-sports XC Championships in Victoria. Alex L, University of Maryland, finished 12th at the Big 10 XC championship. Congratulations to Ben C, Western, for his win in the 2017 Bill Salter Western International and for doing a ton of leading in the men’s OUA XC Championships securing a 9th place finish. Alex and Ehab will be racing in their regional championships looking to qualify for NCAA Championships.

We will continue to post updates and highlights on social media.